Dictionary of Human Evolution and Biology

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Polytypic

Literally, many types; pertaining to any taxon comprised of several distinct taxa in the next lower category, e.g. below species, geographical and/or morphological variants, often called regional populations. Proponents of the multiregional continuity model maintain that Homo sapiens is a polytypic species, rather than one characterized by continuous and clinal variation.

Cf. monotypic.

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